It will thus be seen that the only general rule which we can frame is that the
verbal suffix almost always comes at the end of the sentence ur clause. Thcro arc only
one or two exceptions, e,g.> in II, 3, to this rule,
"When the tense is formed by a particle preceding the verb, as in the future with ti>
Particle. Subject Verb
fl ka-nai lean-to
Will now I
Here the principle is the same, except that the particle (as it piccetlcs) is the first word
In the sentence instead of the last. As this, however, is the only example of a future
with ti in the specimens, we are not justified in making a general lulc,
When the Direct Object is a sentence, e,g.t after a verb of saying, it follows the verb,
and even the suffix. Thus,-—
Subject Verb Indirect Object. Dir«it Oltji-et
luk ngl lat"kMm po-man, ' po at, etc.'
son younger said (to)-the-fathcr, * father 0, etc '
The younger son said to the father,' 0 father, etc.'
Subject, Indirect Object Veib Pircct Obj^i
mdn~ko man la-jau, ' Ink al, etc'
he (to-)him said, 'son 0, etc.'
Subject Verb, Indirect Object Advurb Pinct Objict
pO'Wan phcin jak> ' Ita-sluoigjp7, etc'
he said (to-)-the-father ^in-) sorrow great,' how many} ears, etc
he said to his father in great sorrow,' how many years, etc.1
When the verb is in the Imperative, we find the following :—
Subject. Direct Object Verb
thou me take.
Subject, Dnwt Object. Verb
thou servant keep-with,
keep (me) with (thy) servants.
Verb Direct Object Verb Direct Object Adverb
au-ma pM . . imng-iang phi kJiring-bai-man
bring robe . . , place robe body-on-his,
bring a robe, and place it on his body.
The following are examples of interrogative sentences :—
Adwb Subject Veib Direct Object.
Kan po-man run Mti-lik kha-nung pfirau lun-pliring dai Ihau
My father house male-servants female-servants how-many possess rice,
how many male and female servants in my father's house possess rice.
Adverb Subject Direct Object Verb'
ka-shdng pi mu vmn nai kau-ko mau
what year time past-time no^
for how many years am I serving thee,
what year time past-time now I thee serving-am